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982 Ratings

Je, tu, il, elle

Directed by Chantal Akerman
Belgium, France, 1974
Drama, LGBTQ+, Avant-Garde


In her sexually provocative first feature, Chantal Akerman stars as a nameless, rootless young woman who leaves self-imposed isolation to embark on a road trip that leads to lonely love affairs.

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Je, tu, il, elle Directed by Chantal Akerman
There is a thrilling sense of quiet revolution within the film. It originates from the rare experience of a subjective woman’s cine-looking combined with realist representations of bodies, nudity and sex; a unique encounter to have in a cinema, even today.
August 11, 2018
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The poetics of banality are Akerman’s field of play throughout Je, Tu, Il, Elle, as she offers this transient world of incidental intimacy and grimy, quotidian peregrination with a perverse fondness for the desolate environs she surveys, rendering all the more intriguing, and frustrating, the free-floating atolls of humanity she encounters.
September 30, 2017
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The structure employed, that of a three-act play in which each segment is strictly delineated, is essential to understanding the character’s motivations and thought process. It’s the type of choice that perhaps only Akerman would have made, and it’s part of the reason the film resonates so powerfully with anyone who has been heartbroken and tried to pick up the pieces.
November 11, 2015
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